Could the second time also be a charm for Apple and Ron Johnson?
FORTUNE -- Ron Johnson is now unemployed, given the boot as CEO of JC Penney (JCP) after just one year of a failed turnaround strategy. Not surprisingly, Twitter quickly filled with speculation that Johnson could return to his former job as head of Apple (AAPL) retail -- a position that just happens to be vacant.
So I rang up our MOREDan Primack - Apr 8, 2013 7:36 PM ET
Apple probably won't buy anything big, but if it's looking for ideas ...
By Lee Hower
Yesterday was Apple's shareholder meeting and, as many of you know, there's been healthy debate about what they should do with its $137 billion in cash. I had read somewhere that Apple's cash pile was equivalent to Hungary's GDP so perhaps an activist shareholder should push an acquisition of Hungary rather than thinking small (e.g., MOREFeb 28, 2013 2:16 PM ET
Progressive has an intelligent, rational, and transparent way to deal with the surplus cash that its operations generate. Apple doesn't.
FORTUNE -- The folks at Apple could learn a lot from Progressive Corp., the auto insurance company made famous by the ubiquitous Flo, star of its endless flow of ads.
Apple doesn't need help from Progressive when it comes to selling products. But Apple could really profit by studying how Progressive deals MOREAllan Sloan, senior editor-at-large - Feb 22, 2013 5:00 AM ET
The recent swings in Apple stock prove that a few simple rules of investing always hold true.
FORTUNE -- For most people, Apple mania means buying the company's products and playing with them. But for us financial voyeur types, the fun comes from watching the lunatic lurching of Apple's stock price.
You gotta love it. From the start of last year through its all-time closing high on Sept. 19, Wilshire Associate says, MOREAllan Sloan, senior editor-at-large - Feb 6, 2013 5:00 AM ET
What was once a growth story is now a growth stock and a value play.
By Jon Birger, contributor
FORTUNE -- I'm a nervous investor, so the notion of having all my money in any one stock is anathema. That said, I've owned some Apple (AAPL) for years. My "aha!" moment came when I replaced my old PC with a MacBook in 2009, and I've bought more shares since.
Three years ago, MOREDec 6, 2012 5:00 AM ET
Loading up on the tech giant's shares has been a winning strategy.
By Jon Birger, contributor
FORTUNE -- Just thinking about Terry and Jeanne Gregory's portfolio can be a little scary. Retirees now living in Honolulu, the Gregorys have basically their entire life savings -- about $2.5 million -- invested in just one stock: Apple Inc.
The Gregorys' love affair with Apple (AAPL) flouts every bit of investment advice doled out by MOREDec 6, 2012 5:00 AM ET
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* Get Liquid: Join us this MOREDan Primack - Nov 26, 2012 7:10 AM ET
America's biggest companies smashed records for earnings in 2011. Too bad the party can't last.
FORTUNE -- Given the sluggish recovery and a strapped consumer, you'd expect to see corporate America trudging along, not racing for glory. In fact, the Fortune 500 are thriving as a group. Unlike the U.S. economy, they've shown quicksilver agility, rapidly shifting their product mix and producing more goods at little new cost. This nimbleness belies MOREShawn Tully, senior editor-at-large - May 7, 2012 12:00 PM ET
To make the company's buyback plan worthwhile, it will have to.
FORTUNE -- How high does Apple's stock need to rise to make its promised buyback worthwhile? It's a question worth asking. After all, Apple could have spent the $10 billion it announced in share buybacks on any number of things to grow shareholder value—a bigger dividend than the annual $9.9-billion payout announced, which currently yields 1.8%, or even a one-time MOREScott Cendrowski, writer - Mar 20, 2012 10:14 AM ET
"Siri, send Michael Arrington a suitcase full of cash and a paper bag full of dog turds."
Ok, not exactly the most high-brow thing I've ever posted, but still damn funny...Dan Primack - Oct 13, 2011 12:03 PM ET
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